The mother osprey checks on her babies after they return from being banded.
The mother osprey checks on her babies after they return from being banded.

   After a quick trip from their nest, three baby osprey were sporting some “new bling.”

   That’s how Tom Schultz, president of Green Lake’s Bird and Nature Club, described their bands.

   With the support of Schultz, Alliant Energy workers and Green Lake Association volunteers, Ripon College associate biology professor Memuna Khan bedecked three osprey offspring with new metal bands around their legs Monday morning at Green Lake’s Diamond No. 9.

   According to Khan, the main purpose for banding the young osprey is community outreach, which enables the area residents to know more about the birds in their area and how the species lives.

   “[It’s] getting the community aware that there’s osprey nesting in Green Lake, that there are osprey using the Green Lake ecosystem and that they’re here because we have clean water,” she said. “They’re here because we have a good habitat. And, of course, that added little lottery thing of ‘We’re banding them; maybe we’ll see some of their offspring in the years to come.’”

   Read the full story, which includes more photos, in the July 12, edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.